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Dryer not heating every cycle

It's taking about 3 cycles to get the clothes dry. It's eaither not as hot or it's only heating every couple of cycles. I just want to make sure it's the heating element and not something else before I purchase a new one.

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A fellow once told me to do the simple things first.  Is the filter and the area where the filter goes in completely clear of lint?  Is the outlet discharging air in large or reduced amounts?  Make sure all is clean and flowing alot of air.  Oh, and check this before replacing other parts....turn both breakers off and then back on.  You may be running on 110 volts which will cause half of some heat elements from working at all or from working at full capacity.  If you've still got a problem and the clothes have been spun to mild dampness by your washer, you may need either a new element or new thermostat.  

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